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In search of fat

Thousands of thin people, all skin and bone:
‘Where is our fat?’ they shout,
rummaging through valleys and trenches,
searching and searching, over hills, in the sky.
At last they find it, piled up on one man’s belly!

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About the translation:
Bewketu Seyoum
Chris Beckett
Original language:
Series 3 No.10 - The Big Green Issue

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Bewketu Seyoum

Original poet

Bewketu Seyoum

Bewketu Seyoum is a popular young Ethiopian poet and writer. He has published two much-acclaimed collections of poems in Amhar...

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Chris Beckett


Chris Beckett

Chris Beckett grew up in Ethiopia and his translations of contemporary Amharic poets such as Bewketu Seyoum and Zewdu Milikit...

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